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Citroen C1

6/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review: Citroen C1

£10,360£14,330

Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

Fun to drive, fun to operate and cheap to run. Other city cars are cleverer, but it's still competitive

Back in 2005, the C1 (and its 107 and Aygo relations) topped the class, and were slightly revolutionary in their thinking. Inevitably, that’s not the case now, and the smallest Citroen doesn’t make the class top ten. A Twingo is more interesting, an i10 is more practical and the mighty Up is just better full stop.

It’s still a relatively cheap little car, though, and if you just want something simple, small and fun it continues to fit the bill. It offers a folding soft-top for over two grand less than the cheapest Fiat 500C, too, which may tempt some.

The city car class is extraordinarily competitive, and the C1 doesn’t stand out in any one area. But neither does it particularly lag behind – unless boot space is particularly important – so it remains relevant, even if it’s no longer revolutionary.

Our choice from the range

This is the one we'd pick...

Citroen

1.0 VTi Flair 3dr

£10,230
N/A
69mpg
14.30s
68bhp
95g/km
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